How to Pan For Gold
When you pan for gold you are going to want a
Next, you'll want some dirt (with gold in it) to put in your pan. Last, you need some water to do the panning in. To find the
gold-bearing dirt check out Where to Pan for Gold
or get yourself
some Pay Dirt
. Pay Dirt is best to practice with at home and you can use a tub to make
sure you don't loose anything.
If you are out panning through dirt on a creek you should have a
1/2" (or #2) classifier
to filter out the larger rocks and make your gold panning easier. If you are panning a bag of pay dirt you shouldn't have to worry about large rocks.
- Put some dirt in your gold pan, but not too much, start small.
- Completly Lower your pan into a tub of water.
- Shake your pan in the water to turn your dirt 'soupy'. Don't spill any out yet.
- Tilt your pan slightly and wash water in and out, dirt should be carried out with the water.
- After washing out some dirt, level out your pan again and shake it some more.
- Repeat this process until just the heaviest black sands and gold remain.
- Swirl water across the black sands and tap the edge of your pan to help seperate the gold from sand.
Gold Panning takes practice to get good at but it's a fun and rewarding activity. Click on the videos below to watch some gold panning